Bill Berry "Butch" Wilcox, 76, of Burnet died May 28, 2018 in Round Rock.
He was born March 31, 1942 in Cisco to G.W. Wilcox and Faye Rowe Wilcox.
Bill graduated from Cisco High School with the Class of 1960. He went on to graduate from Gupton-Jones School of Mortuary Science in Dallas.
He and his wife Janice, along with their two daughters, moved to Burnet when they purchased the funeral home from Gene Clements in 1969. Bill was a licensed funeral director and embalmer in the state of Texas for over 50 years and was proud to have received his 50-year pin from the Texas Funeral Directors Association a few years ago.
Along with his professional accomplishments, Bill was active in his community. He served two terms as the mayor of Burnet as well as terms on the Burnet City Council. While mayor, he was instrumental in getting Delaware Springs Golf Course built, and saw construction of the Ellen Halbert Unit that later would employ many in the Burnet area.
He was a former member and past president of the Burnet Chamber of Commerce, former member and director of the Burnet County Fair and Rodeo Association, and an organizer of the first Burnet All Class Reunion held now every five years. He was a member of Valley Lodge #175 A.F. and A.M. and Vanderveer Street Church of Christ.
During the past few years Bill was passionate about honoring the life of J.V. "Pinky" Wilson, author and composer of the Texas Aggie War Hymn. He and Aggie friends worked to raise funds for a statue and monument honoring Pinky's life.
Bill was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Russ, and one brother, Bill Stratton.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janice Wilcox of Burnet; daughters Ginger Wilcox-Riley and son-in-law Chris Wilson of Burnet, and Melissa Blaylock and son-in-law Wilson of Hammond, Louisiana; grandson Ty Brooks Riley of Burnet; and his son by choice Eddie Snider of Burnet. He also is survived by three sistersin-law, Tiffani Bolin and spouse Belinda Sessions of Alaska, Phyllis Howard of Burnet and Carol Brown of Magnolia, Texas; and numerous cousins and other relatives.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. June 1 in the chapel of Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet with Tim Denton officiating. A private family entombment will follow at the Wilcox Family Mausoleum at Post Mountain Cemetery in Burnet.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hill Country Community Foundation, P.O. Box 848, Burnet, TX 78611.